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Posted by Eric Morgan on Friday, January 9, 2009

Hello, Everyone.

Just a quick blog here that I felt I had to write.

Just a thanks to everyone on my list and in general out there for the warm welcome, friendly attitudes, helpful advice and camaraderie.  People here are WAY more civil to one another than some other forums I'm on...I've been "attacked" (although I take nothing personally) for giving advice to a "newbie" to the Bass guitar (which I've been playing for 28+ years) that one guy disagreed with.  It wasn't the law...just my opinion.  I've seen worse "attacks" than the one I got...some threatening physical violence.  Whew!

As I've said before, I'm totally new to the instrument and the BHO and am just digging in and it's nice to know that I have the support and well wishes of the BHO.  It really is a great resource and I can't wait to get up to speed.

Everyone's kind words and willingness to help are GREATLY appreciated.

Hope this blog finds you all well.


Eric Morgan.

4 comments on “The Hangout.”

Broezekiel Says:
Friday, January 9, 2009 @6:48:20 AM

Welcome!  I too am a bass player of many years.  I don't know if you use your fingers or a pick (when I first started I switched back and forth a lot and finally decided on fingers.)   I found learning my rolls come easy as a result of playing bass with my fingers all those years.  All I had to do was get my thumb coordinated with my fingers! 

Eric Morgan Says:
Friday, January 9, 2009 @7:49:05 AM

Hey, hey...thanks for the welcome. 

I primarily use my fingers, that's how I started.  I rarely use a pick, I use one if the track calls for it...kind of like the way the bassist used the pick to great effect in Billy Idol's "White Wedding.".  That's the kind of track I'd use a pick on.

I also do a lot of slap and popping on the bass and there's a technique out there for bass called "clawhammer" ( a la Stanley Clarke) that I do that's more like index and middle finger popping two strings for some POWERFUL chords.  I see Banjo clawhammer isn't the same but the finger playing, as you stated, may give me a leg up as I get into the Banjo.  I hopefully have another advantage from playing "classical" guitar finger stlye...I use my thumb a lot there and have been holding it in what appears to be the right position for clawhammer.  YAY!

Thanks, again for the welcome.

Be well, my man.


joemac Says:
Friday, January 9, 2009 @11:29:34 AM

welcome Eric, from us guys in the uK...have fun with you banjo mate...joe

Eric Morgan Says:
Friday, January 9, 2009 @3:34:46 PM

Thank you, Sir.  I raise a pint to my friends overseas!

Hope all is well with you.


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